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1863 June 27: Local News from Polk County

June 29, 2013

Following are the smaller items from The Polk County Press of June 27, 1863.

— The Polk County Rifles met at the Fair Grounds in Osceola on Saturday last, and turned out forty-five men.  They meet again on the 18th of July.

— John Dale passed from Pierce County through the meridian of Hudson, (causing a total eclipse) on his way to Superior and the Lake counties, to appoint enrolling officers for the comping draft.—Hudson Times.

— Now that the Mississippi has fallen, the celebrated Yazoo Pass is high and dry, the mouth of it standing away up in the bluff bank of the great Father of Waters.  The same is the case with the celebrated canals which caused so much expense to Uncle Sam, and so many hopes and disappointments to its children.

RETURNED.—We were gratefully surprised to grasp the hand of our old friend and brother typo, Sergeant ELIAS H. HOOVER, Company “F,” 1st Wisconsin Volunteers, who returned home on a short furlough on Monday last.  Sergeant HOOVER was severely wounded at the battle of Perryville, and has won special mention from his commanding officer for his universally good conduct and gallantry in battle.  He is looking much improved we think, and seems, as he is, a gentleman and a soldier.  He reports the boys in company “F” as tough and hearty, and ready for a fight at a moments notice.  He visited our boys in the 10th Battery a[t] Nashville, and reports them all well except MOSES CATLIN, who is sick in the hospital, but getting along comfortably.

UNDER FIRE.—Gov. Salomon [Edward Salomon] and Adjt. Gen. Gaylord [Augustus Gaylord] got near enough to the rebel works during their recent visit to the Wisconsin regiments at Vicksburg, to receive the compliments of the rebel sharpshooters.  While passing from one part of the works in front where some of our troops were stationed, to another, they were exposed within tolerably easy rifle range.  The rebel sharpshooters discovering them, sent a shower of bullets after them, one of which passed between the Governor and an officer just before him.  The others went over their heads making a sharp peculiar music quite impressive to those who hear it for the first time, but which is so familiar at Vicksburg as not to be much regarded.—Madison Journal.

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